- _The 2013 stock assessment found that the population had dropped 96.4 percent from unfished levels, including a steady decline over the last 15 years. It also found that more than 90 percent of the catch was juveniles. _
Scientists warned that continuing the fishery at recent catch levels would not improve the species' status. They also noted that catch limits could be particularly effective for increasing the population size and that further reduction of fishing mortality, especially for juvenile fish, is needed to reduce the risk of the population falling below its historically lowest level.
In July 2013, the IATTC, which manages Pacific bluefin in the eastern Pacific Ocean, kept catch limits for 2014 at the current levels, ignoring the scientific advice stating that recent catch levels would not improve the decimated status of the species.
At its meeting in September 2013, the WCPFC Northern Committee, which manages bluefin in the western Pacific, adopted a management measure that maintained overall effort levels at the status quo, and set juvenile catch limits at a level that will actually allow countries to increase their catch from last year's amount – allowing continued overfishing of a population already reduced by more than 96 percent.
- Each year, the first Pacific bluefin caught is auctioned off at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Over the last several years, the prices have been steadily rising. In 2011, a Pacific bluefin sold for $396,000. In 2012, one sold for $736,000. And in 2013, a single tuna broke all records and was auctioned off for an astonishing $1.76 million. (Fact sheets – Pacific Bluefin Tuna: The World's Most Expensive Fish / The Story of Pacific Bluefin Tuna)